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The river Arno flooded Florence, Italy today (1333). Also, Christopher Columbus sighted the island of Dominica (1493), French journalist and feminist Olympe de Gouges was guillotined (1793), the Bank of Montrรฉal opened (1817), The Times of India was founded as The Bombay Times and Journal of Commerce (1838), the revised Constitution of the Netherlands transformed that nation into a parliamentary democracy (1848), John Willis Menard became the first black American elected to Congress, although he was never seated due to an electoral challenge (1868), Panama separated from Colombia (1903), the U.S. introduced a federal income tax (1913), the launch of Sputnik 2 carried Laika, a stray dog trained for space flight, to her death as the first animal in orbit (1957), Congress established the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (1960), District of Columbia residents voted in their first presidential election (1964), President Richard Nixon asked a “silent majority” to back his Vietnam War policies (1969), Dominica gained independence (1978), Ku Klux Klansmen and Neo-Nazis killed five Communist Workers Party members in a rally at Greensboro, North Carolina (1979), and the Federated States of Micronesia gained independence on the same day the Lebanese magazine Ash-Shiraa published the first reports of what would become the Iran-Contra Scandal (1986). And the U.S. imposed economic sanctions on Sudan in response to human rights abuses and support to Islamic extremist groups (1996).

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